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RE: AJAX vs. Xforms

From: Mark Birbeck <mark.birbeck@x-port.net>
Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2005 13:36:29 +0100
Message-ID: <5A6937BB-1C7D-40A9-8413-24DBE61AD5F6@s15.mail.x-port.net>
To: "'Rafael Benito'" <rbenito@satec.es>
Cc: <www-forms@w3.org>
Hi Rafael,
I think the big difference with the Ajax 'community' is that they produce
lots of examples, run Wikis that explain things, and so on. I don't believe
XForms is that difficult, but I think new users do need orienting, yet the
XForms 'community' has been pretty bad at providing the support needed. In
fact, I'd go so far as to say that this is one of the worst 'communities' I
have seen--take a look at things like SVG and Python and you'll see primers,
samples, Wikis, and all sorts.
So, in short, if XForms has a low take-up we only have ourselves to blame!
As our contribution to helping XForms move forwards (in addition to
providing a free plug-in!) we have set-up a Wiki, and have tried to add
demos, links and descriptions to help people use XForms. But it needs a lot
more, so if people want to help with examples, code snippets, handy links to
web services, pattern descriptions or whatever they want, please head over
to http://www.xforms-wiki.com/.
One other initiative worth mentioning is that we will be working with the
guys at Orbeon to produce some substantial cross-processor examples. Once
done they will go up on the Wiki, and we hope that these will also help
people new to XForms.

Mark Birbeck
x-port.net Ltd.

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From: www-forms-request@w3.org [mailto:www-forms-request@w3.org] On Behalf
Of Rafael Benito
Sent: 25 October 2005 11:55
To: www-forms@w3.org
Subject: AJAX vs. Xforms


AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) architectures are attracting a lot of
attention from the Web developer community. Some features, like requesting
to a server a piece of XML to update the UI without refreshing the whole
browser window, that make AJAX to be gaining recognition, are also present
in the Xforms Recommendation. However, it seems that Xforms adoption is
evolving at a much lower rate than AJAX. I wonder for the reasons that are
causing this to happen and what the Xforms community should be doing to more
strongly push Xforms into the web development arena.

Any ideas or comments on this issue?

Kind regards

Rafael Benito Ruz de Villa
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